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Is bulimia only when you throw up your food, or can it be with laxatives too?

Is bulimia only when you throw up your food, or can it be with laxatives too?

Refers to vomiting: Although both bulimia and laxative use are a form of purgatives, self induced vomiting is called bulimia, while laxative use is considered part of the binge/purge cycle. Btw, excessive exercise fits into the "purge" category too. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Apsychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more


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Please tell me if it is bulimia if you abuse laxatives?

Please tell me if it is bulimia if you abuse laxatives?

Dangerous: I've run into various definitions, but as a pathologist i need to tell you that laxative abuse can not land you just in the hospital, it can land you on the autopsy service. Please stop this. If you eat compulsively, get help both from a dietician and a therapist. One way out of this may be to join a fitness organization and make this a lifestyle focus. Please save your life. ...Read more

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I have bulimia, how to fight the urge to make myself throw up?

I have bulimia, how to fight the urge to make myself throw up?

Get Treatment.: Encourage you to work with a therapist who has expertise in eating disorders. Have a nutritionist on the treatment team is also important. Take care. ...Read more

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How soon after eating does a person with bulimia throw everything up?

How soon after eating does a person with bulimia throw everything up?

Binge/purge: That depends on the person, but usually as soon as they feel discomfort & guilt about what they just did. ...Read more

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Is making yourself throw up still count as bulimia if its not about food?

Is making yourself throw up still count as bulimia if its not about food?

Probably bulimia: There could be some rarer alternative explanation that would be accurately psychotic in character or potentially an anxiety disorder related compulsion. If you felt that it was clearing your body of parasites that could be hypochondriasis or delusional parasitosis. If there was a spiritual cleansing or a preoccupation with cleaning of your digestive tract it could be obsessive compulsive. ...Read more

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Why is it whenever i eat sometimes, my body just wants to throw up. Is bulimia a choice?

Why is it whenever i eat sometimes, my body just wants to throw up. Is bulimia a choice?

Nausea post eat: Strong nausea after eating can have different causes and should be evaluated for appropriate treatment (whether possibly from eating disorder, esophageal constriction, GI blockage, GI infection, etc). Bulimia is always a dangerous choice that damages your whole body by protein loss, electrolyte imbalance, and acid damage. Call your healthcare provider and get evaluated! ...Read more

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How long does it take to become bulimia? If someone tells a 14 year old that she is fat one time, can she turn into a bulimia at that second and go throw up and could the child loose 5 lbs because she thrown up?How long does it take to become bulimia can

How long does it take to become bulimia? If someone tells a 14 year old that she is fat one time, can she turn into a bulimia at that second and go throw up and could the child loose 5 lbs because she thrown up?How long does it take to become bulimia can

Bulimia : Bulimia is part of a spectrum of eating disorders. Unlike anorexia, in which the person does not eat an adequate amount of food, bulimic patients eat more normally but then force themselves to vomit to avoid absorbing the calories. Some people also abuse laxatives in an attempt to make the nutrients "pass through" their system to avoid absorbing the calories. In all cases, the end result is malnutrition, which can be extremely damaging. A bulimic patient will also damage his or her esophagus and teeth (because of acids from the stomach) and can get lung infections from getting vomit into the airways. No one becomes bulimic as the result of a single comment, though one comment might push a person toward an eating disorder if the tendency was already there or if other factors were also causing emotional distress. This is not an isolated issue, but one simply one part of a person's overall environment and condition. Furthermore, one does not treat bulimia simply by saying, "don't do that anymore." instead, it takes counseling that addresses the patient's overall health and outlook, as well as his or her social environment. Bulima and anorexia are not safe or effective ways to control weight. And, no, throwing up one time (or a dozen times) will not reduce a person's weight by 5 pounds. Weight loss requires a healthy diet and a healthy amount of exercise. This girl should see her doctor and discuss with him or her a healthy program of weight loss. She should also let him know if she is thinking about or has used vomiting as a form of weight loss. It's not something to be ashamed of, and if the doctor knows about it, he or she can establish an overall treatment plan that is safer, more effective, and which better encompasses the psychosocial issues the child is facing. ...Read more

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I have GERD due to bulimia, can I continue to throw up (b4 food turns acidic) without causing more damage?

I have GERD due to bulimia, can I continue to throw up (b4 food turns acidic) without causing more damage?

Not sure...: ...I understand the question. Before food turns acidic? That does not take any time at all; the acid is always there in the stomach, and each time stomach contents get thrown up, that acid will burn the esophagus on the way out, causing more damage. ...Read more

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Can someone have an eating disorder without making themselves throw up? Like bulimia or anorexia

Can someone have an eating disorder without making themselves throw up? Like bulimia or anorexia

Eating Disorder: I feel empathy for you as at age 18 you are concerned about Eating Disorder. I commend you for seeking information. In Anorexia, there is No self- induced vomiting, Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat even though underweight Absence of 3 consecutive menstrual cycles See a Psychiatrist for Anxiety, Depression, self-acceptance to resolve conflicts about appearance, weight, relationship ...Read more

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I use laxatives as part of my bulimia. I stopped getting my period about a year ago. How likely is it for me to get pregnant?

I use laxatives as part of my bulimia. I stopped getting my period about a year ago. How likely is it for me to get pregnant?

Slim: If you are not having periods it is likely that you are not ovulating, thus unable to get pregnant. Please keep in mind a young woman not having normal cycles is terribly damaging to your body. If you are also underweight, your body is starved in estrogen necessary to have a period. In addition to the cycle issue, you are not laying down the necessary bone to reach peak bone mass, weak bones. ...Read more

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Is AspireAssist medically approved bulimia? If it is okay to pump food out of my stomach is it okay to throw it up to manage my weight?

Is AspireAssist medically approved bulimia? If it is okay to pump food out of my stomach is it okay to throw it up to manage my weight?

In my opnion: THERE IS NO SUCH PROCESS AS MEDICALLY APPROVED BULIMIA!!!! This is not the way to control weight and is medically quite DANGEROUS! Hope this helps! DR Z ...Read more

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Diagnoses with gastroparesis throw up all dayFamily keep asking about bulimia so much I'm questioning myself now... can I hav eating disorder¬ kno?

In the mind? : The answer lies in your "body image" Do you think that you are fat despise being told you are Normal weight by your doctors? Were you a gymnast or ballet dancer? Keep up your psychology evaluation! It sounds like your family is worried about you and this leads me to think anorexia or bulimia are possible. One in 5 women with anorexia die of disease. Mortality 4 bulimia lower, death possible ...Read more

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What to do if I do not know if it's bulimia or anorexia because i would throw up after my meals and i starve myself a lot. Can I have both maybe?

What to do if I do not know if it's bulimia or anorexia because i would throw up after my meals and i starve myself a lot. Can I have both maybe?

Yes, not unusual...: It is not unusual for someone to have an eating disorder with binge-eating, self-induced vomiting, and food-restriction. Your problem is not that you don't know what to call this, but that you are doing these things and jeopardizing your health and your life. See a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and get help for yourself before it's too late. ...Read more

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No periods due to laxative purging and bulimia for 9mo. I had sex 18 days ago and am bloated/seeing a brown - blood discharge. What could this be?

No periods due to laxative purging and bulimia for 9mo. I had sex 18 days ago and am bloated/seeing a brown - blood discharge. What could this be?

Duplicate question: The answer is the same.. If you're pregnant, you have big challenges ahead. See your OB/GYN & disclose your eating disorder. If not pregnant, discuss birth control options. Read http://www.something-fishy.org/dangers/dangers.php. See your primary doctor & dentist + GI, cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology, etc. as needed, as well as mental health providers who specialize in eating disorders. ...Read more

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No periods for about a year due to bulimia/laxative purging. I had sex a couple of weeks ago. Chances of being pregnant? Or am I just paranoid?

No periods for about a year due to bulimia/laxative purging. I had sex a couple of weeks ago. Chances of being pregnant?  Or am I just paranoid?

Always a chance: However, if you haven't been having periods then the probability is very low. There are other ways to protect against unplanned pregnancies that are far less risky. If you haven't had a predicable cycle in a year, you may have to take the home tests just to be sure. ...Read more

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If I havent gotten a period in over a year due to bulimia & laxative use, do I still ovulate? I had sex 2wks ago & stomach feels weird. Just paranoid?

If I havent gotten a period in over a year due to bulimia & laxative use, do I still ovulate? I had sex 2wks ago & stomach feels weird. Just paranoid?

No...: If you are having unprotected sex you could become pregnant (your cycles are obviously not normal BUT it isn't impossible for you to ovulate at any unpredictable time). Take a pregnancy test if you are concerned. Then see your doctor and get into a treatment program for your bulimia - you are risking your life and there are programs to help you learn to love and take care of yourself. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Laxative (Definition)

Laxatives are a ...Read more